This is the records summary for Feb. 15. Theft of services WILLMAR — A Champlin man was cited for theft of services Monday after he allegedly refused to pay a taxi driver for driving him from Champlin to Willmar. The driver told police that he had picked up the man in Champlin and agreed to drive him to Willmar for $250. The man, who said he was traveling to Willmar for a date, agreed to pay the driver $100 up front, and said his date would pay for the second half of the fare.
BIRD ISLAND — Frandsen Bank & Trust, which has a branch office in Bird Island, was named one of 24 Community Champions by the Minnesota Bankers Association for their community involvement. In total those 24 Minnesota banks donated more than $1.2 million to 600 community organizations, including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and the Salvation Army along with local schools, churches and nonprofits.
WILLMAR — Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing has welcomed Chelsea Erickson as a tax accountant. Her focus is tax preparation. Erickson is a graduate of the University of Jamestown with a bachelor's degree. She lives in Willmar with her husband and two children. She is also the daughter of CDS founding partner Rick Conway.
WILLMAR — Alina Laughlin has accepted a position at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar. She will be the new corporate buyer-supplies and will be responsible for obtaining packaging supplies. Laughlin previously worked for Buhler Versatile as a buyer in the purchasing department.
BENSON — Custom Roto-Mold, a manufacturer of hockey dasher boards based in Benson, provided the boards used in the 2017 National Hockey League All-Star Game Fan Fair, which took place Jan. 27-29 in in Los Angeles. The boards were built at the Benson plant along U.S Highway 12 and then shipped and installed at the Convention Center in Los Angeles. After the All-Star Game weekend, the boards were sent to a high school in Ohio to be used for lacrosse. Similar boards are used at the ice rink operated by the city of Benson.
This is the records summary for Feb. 14. Assault WILLMAR — Around 10 p.m. Thursday, an individual told police that they had been assaulted. They told the Willmar Police Department that a man had entered their home, on the 1000 block of Lake Avenue Northwest, and choked them, while holding a crowbar. Police are investigating the case and believe the suspect was familiar to the victim. Public assist
This is the records summary for Feb. 13. Thefts WILLMAR — The owner of a white, 2016 Sienna van reported it was stolen from the 700 block of Becker Avenue Southwest in Willmar on Friday. There is a dent in the rear quarter panel on the driver's side.
This is the records summary for Feb. 10. Suspicious WILLMAR — A woman reported around 7 p.m. Wednesday that she had seen an individual climbing a gutter on a building on the 500 block of Julii Street Southeast in Willmar. She yelled at the individual, and she reportedly took off running. Police could not locate the suspect. Assault
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Historical Society will bring a new full-size exhibit highlighting the local story of "The Willmar 8" to The Barn Theatre today through Feb. 26. The exhibit will open at 6 p.m. tonight with several of the original Willmar 8 planning to attend. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and one hour before productions of "9 to 5: The Musical." "The Willmar 8" were eight female employees of the Citizens National Bank in Willmar who went on strike nearly 40 years ago on Dec. 16, 1977.
NEW LONDON — The Little Theatre in New London presents "Opal's Million Dollar Duck," a comedy by John Patrick, at 7 p.m. today through Saturday, and Feb. 16-18. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for ages 12 and under, and are available in advance at The Giving Tree Children's Boutique in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar or at the door. Searching for costumes for their next production, Desmond and Queenie, played by Alex Burdorf and Carrie VanderBeek, respectively, the "stars" of the local summer-stock company, drop by "Opal's Antique Junque Shop."